Tony Blauer is where the self defense curriculum at my dojo comes from, I've worked his system for 4 years now but have never gotten to train with him directly. My instructor is the only lvl. 2 certified teacher in Texas under Tony. He did a twitter contest to describe the SPEAR in 1 twitter post, I just used the verbage that I use when someone new comes into our dojo and I am explaining what the SPEAR is... goddamned if I didn't win one of the 25 free entry slots. 3 days of intense combatives training including SPEAR fundamentals and drills, weapon defense/disarm, multiple attackers, Crossfit every day, and how to use the HIGH GEAR suit more effectively. If you're not familiar with Tony or HIGH GEAR check the vid: [y]x5LjPK9B4WA[/y] I'm poor so $500 value goes a long way, I wouldn't have been able to attend under my own finances. I'm so stoked.